It will mark the second of three meetings between the teams this season.
When the clubs last met on Feb. 5, the circumstances were significantly different. Billed as a meeting of the top two teams in the Western Conference, the Blackhawks managed to best the Sharks by a final score of 5-3.
While the Blackhawks have continued to display that they are a formidable force in the Western Conference, the Sharks have struggled in the second month of the regular season. After rattling off a perfect 7-0-0 record in January, San Jose has yet to register a win in February (0-3-3).
Chicago has yet to lose in regulation this season and has a league-leading 10 victories this season.
Entering the night off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, the Blackhawks had previously won four consecutive games.
Blackhawks backup goaltender Ray Emery (3-0-0; .920 save percentage and 2.59 GAA) will be getting the start, while Antti Niemi (6-1-3; .935 save percentage and 1.74 GAA) will likely get the start for the Sharks.
Friday night's game is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on NHLN-US, CSN-California and CSN-Chicago.